Keeping the old as good as new

Craig Frew
Craig Frew

KIRKCALDY based businessman Craig Frew has established a new company advising owners of traditional and historic buildings on their appropriate repair, maintenance and improvement.

Craig Frew Building Conservation operates across Scotland and the rest of the UK, working for a wide range of clients from homeowners to architects and building contractors.

Craig has built up 12 years experience in the field of building conservation, working in the voluntary, public and private sectors, running successful consultancy services as part of larger companies.

But he decided that a move to set up his own business was the right one.

“So much work to older stone properties is ill-informed, particularly things like damp-proofing, stonework repairs, pointing and render,” he said.

“Often the work is advised by those with a vested interest in selling a product and as a result, much money is wasted on unnecessary repairs, or worse still, the choice of the wrong materials or repair methods can actually cause longer term problems for the building.”

“We are committed to ensuring that we put the needs of the building first – all our advice is entirely independent of any materials suppliers or contractors.

“We can advise on priorities for repair work and suggest a phased programme of work based on priorities to fit in with the clients’ budget.

“Every building is unique and has its own challenges to overcome, whether it’s trying to maintain a large church on a shoestring budget or restoring a listed castle without losing its historic character.

“Whatever the project, it’s very satisfying knowing that you’ve helped someone make the right decisions, ultimately preserving, maintaining and adding value to what is often their biggest asset.”

Craig Frew Building Conservation moves into its new office at the restored 16th century Merchants House at Law’s Close, 341 High Street, Kirkcaldy this November. Anyone who would like to speak to Craig in person before that, can find him at the Merchants House on Doors Open Day, this Sunday, from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., providing free consultations and advice – bring some photos of your property along!

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